The leadership of the Ghana National Education Campaign Coalition (GNECC) has said some of its members who are not happy that the group is critical of some government policies in the education sector, are planning to announce a military-style takeover of the coalition.
The coalition, in a statement signed by its Chairman Kofi Asare, on Tuesday, 13 August 2019, called on all the stakeholders to ignore any moves by the disgruntled members to divide the group’s front.
“Our attention has been drawn to an attempt by some disgruntled members and staff of the coalition to hold an illegal meeting to announce a takeover of the leadership of the coalition,” the statement said.
It added that: “Members of this group, who number less than 30 (less than 15% of our membership of 218) are apparently not comfortable with the current leadership’s firm stance on some key government policies in the education sector, especially the Ghana Partnership Schools project, the free SHS policy among others.
“The said meeting, which is being funded by some faceless persons, was requisitioned through forgery of members’ signatures and various misrepresentations, leading to the fraudulent procurement of consent. The East Legon Police [command] is currently investigating the case.
“The Executive Council of GNECC and its wider membership, including the Northern Network for Education Development has since distanced themselves from the said meeting.
“The coalition wishes to assure all stakeholders that GNECC shall continue to be objective and resolute in its policy positions and shall not be influenced by any person or group of persons. As a civil society organisation, our mandate is to hold government accountable and nothing less. The outcome of this meeting must, therefore, be disregarded by all stakeholders.”